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David C. Hartnett

David focuses his practice on complex litigation, including prosecuting and defending claims on behalf of businesses in a broad range of industries, including construction, transportation, and insurance.  A significant part of his practice is devoted to enforcing judgments and recovering assets for successful plaintiffs in Virginia circuit courts and federal courts.

He also serves as co-counsel and local counsel for intellectual property cases in Virginia, and is a member of the Intellectual Property & Information Technology Law Section of the Virginia Bar Association. David began his career by clerking with the Honorable W. Allan Sharrett and the Honorable Sam Campbell of the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Virginia.
University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010
Old Dominion University, M.A., 2007
University of Virginia, B.A., 2004
Bar/Court Admissions
Virginia State Bar
Virginia Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Community Involvement
The Propeller Club of Norfolk
Representative Experience
  • Represents clients in a range of business disputes, including contract negotiation and litigation, collections, claims preparation and resolution, mechanic’s liens, tort liability, and other matters.
  • Represents municipal entities in housing, eminent domain, and redevelopment matters.
  • Represents railroad interests in various transportation matters and property disputes.
  • Represents maritime clients in Jones Act claims, limitation actions, and cargo cases.
News and Updates
CWM Attorneys Recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers®
Posted on April 17, 2017
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that nine of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 list of Virginia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars. …...
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Court quashes arbitration of claims that were outside arbitration agreement
Posted on July 21, 2016
Arbitration clauses in contracts are enforceable, but if a contract allows only certain claims to be arbitrated, then the party desiring arbitration has to prove that it has such…...
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CWM Attorneys Recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers®
Posted on April 7, 2016
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that ten of its lawyers were included in the 2016 list of Virginia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars.  According to Virginia…...
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EDVA Judge dismisses case against parent company after finding parent was not “Alter Ego” of Virginia subsidiary
Posted on January 28, 2016
Piercing corporate structures remains tough in Virginia, even if only to show jurisdiction. In a discrimination case brought by an employee of a Virginia-based subsidiary against his employer, its controlling…...
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Virginia Federal court allows jury in trademark case even where demand came 5 months too late
Posted on January 28, 2016
In a Lanham Act case involving pharmaceutical products, Judge Conrad of the Western District of Virginia granted plaintiff’s motion for a jury trial, even though it was made only four…...
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Disappointed that PTAB declined inter partes patent review? Tough, EDVA Judge rules
Posted on January 28, 2016
The Patent and Trademark Board’s decision on whether to grant inter partes review cannot be challenged in court. In Medtronic, Inc. v. Lee, 1:15-cv-946 (E.D. Va. Jan. 21, 2016), after…...
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CWM wins $537,000 judgment under successor liability theory
Posted on August 1, 2013
CWM attorneys Ryan Snow and David Hartnett won a $537,000 judgment after trial in Chesterfield Circuit Court against two companies in a case of successor liability.  The defendant companies had…...
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